New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Other OpinionGet serious on immigration
State Rep. Debbie Riddle has unveiled one of the most ridiculous pieces of legislation in memory.
The I louston-area Republican wants the Texas Legislature to enact a law that makes it illegal for employers to hire illegal immigrants, unless they are — and this is no joke, even though it sounds like one — a maid or a gardener.
There’s no need here to itemize the ghastly stereotyping examples that this legislation brings to mind.
Suffice to say that exempting gardeners or maids falls into the category of gross insult to Texas residents of 1 lispanic descent, given that virtually all illegal immigrants living in Texas come across the border from Mexico.
Riddles response to the criticism from many quarters is bizarre as well. 1 lomeowners or business owners need not be afraid to hire illegal immigrants to do work around the house, Riddle says.
What in the world ... ?
Yes, Texas and the three other states — New Mexico, Arizona and California — that sit on our nation’s border with Mexico have an illegal immigration crisis.
Arizona has taken controversial steps to deal with the issue, declaring that if the feds won’t solve the problem, it should fall on the states to take matters into their own hands.
Texas well could follow suit before the 2011 Legislature adjourns in late May.
But the state also has an enormous budget deficit, the size of which has yet to be determined.
Both issues — immigration and the budget — require serious solutions.
Rep. Riddle’s goofball illegal immigrant hiring bill doesn’t even come close to deserving the Legislature’s attention.Today in History
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Today is Sunday, March 20, the 79th day of 2011. There are 286 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 5:21 p.m.
Today’s Highlight in History
On March 20,1815, Napoleon Bonaparte returned to Paris after escaping his exile on Elba, beginning his “Hundred Days" rule.
On this date:
In 1413, England’s King Henry IV died: he was succeeded by Henry V.
In 1727, physicist, mathematician and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton died in London.
In 1852, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s influential novel about slavery, "Uncle Tom’s Cabin," was first published in book form after being serialized.
In 1899, Martha M. Place of Brooklyn, N.Y., became the first woman to be executed in the electric chair as she was put to death at Sing Sing for the murder of her stepdaughter.
In 1956, union workers ended a 156-day strike at Westinghouse Electric Corp.
In 1969, John Lennon married Yoko Ono in Gibraltar.
In 1977, voters in Paris chose former French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac to be the French capital’s first mayor in more than a century.
In 1985, Libby Riddles ofTeller, Ala., became the first woman to win the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race.
In 1995, in Tokyo, 12 people were killed, more than 5,500 others sickened when packages containing the poisonous gas sarin were leaked on five separate subway trains by Aum Shinrikyo (ohm shin-ree-kyoh) cult members.
In 1999, Bertrand Piccard of Switzerland and Brian Jones of Britain became the first aviators to fly a hot-air balloon around the world nonstop.
T en years ago: The skipper of the USS Greeneville took the stand before a Navy court of inquiry and accepted sole responsibility for the collision of his submarine with a Japanese trawler off Hawaii that killed nine Japanese. (Cmdr. Scott Waddle ended up being reprimanded, but was allowed to retire with full rank and pension.) Lori Berenson, accused of aiding guerrillas in Peru, received a retrial in civilian court (she was later convicted of terrorist collaboration and sentenced to 20 years, but was eventually paroled). California saw a second day of rolling blackouts.
Five years ago: Beginning the fourth year of an unpopular war, President George W. Bush defended his Iraq record against skeptical questioning at the City Club in Cleveland. Anti-war activists marked the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq with a "Bring ’Em Home Now!” concert in New York.
One year ago: Pope Benedict XVI sent an unprecedented letter to Ireland apologizing for chronic child abuse within the Roman Catholic church, but failed to calm anger of many victims. Thousands of protesters — many directing their anger squarely at President Barack Obama — marched through the nation’s capital to urge immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq.
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Thinking like a master
NEWPORT, ILL — When some Chinese naval officers crossed the Pacific to visit the Naval War College here on an Atlantic-lapped island, they gazed reverently at a desk used by Capt. Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914). This compliment to America’s pre-eminent naval strategist has scholars here wondering whether Mahan’s Chinese readers are taking from him lessons similar to those Theodore Roosevelt derived.
How could they not? Mahan did not make TR bellicose: nature did that, immoderately. But Mahan supplied a theory for Roosevelt’s metabolic urge to throw around his nation’s rapidly growing weight.
Mahan and Roosevelt met in 1887 when Mahan was president of the college and the future president — an amateur naval historian and general know-it-all — was a guest lecturer in his late 20s. From Mahan’s 1890 book “T he Influence of Sea Power Upon History, 1660-1783” Roosevelt learned that a powerful navy is indispensable to a nation with great commercial interests and an interest in geopolitical greatness.
China certainly has the former. Does it have the latter?
China may not forever be a "Blanche DuBois nation,” akin to the woman in “A Streetcar Named Desire" who said, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Today, Americans are the strangers. Their Navy — “today’s naval hegemon,” in Chinese parlance
— is the constabulary that patrols what Mahan called “the great common” — the ocean highways of the trade on which China’s growth, and hence its stability and geopolitical weight, depends.
America’s cheerful assumption has been that although its ships are not as numerous as they recently were — 286 now, down from 594 in 1987 — there actually is a 1,000-ship Navy. That comforting figure aggregates all the navies of nations that have no agendas beyond keeping the great common orderly.
China is deploying new submarines at an impressive rate — three a year. They are suited to pushing back U.S. power projection in the Western Pacific.
China’s much-discussed ballistic and cruise missiles also seem designed to keep U.S. surface forces far from China’s soil. And China seems increasingly inclined to define the oceans off its shores as extensions of the shores
— territory to be owned and controlled like “blue national soil.”
This concept is incompatible with the idea of
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the oceans as a "common."
T his includes the "near seas” — the Yellow, South China and East China Seas. But such "far seas" as the Indian Ocean also are crucial to China’s global commercial reach as a hyperactive importer and exporter. Disciples of Mahan want a national capacity to protect their nation’s interests there.
In "Red Star Over the Pacific: China’s Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy,” Toshi Yoshi-hara and James R. Holmes, both on the War College faculty, remind readers that Mahan defined “command of the sea” as “overbearing power on the sea.” And that, he said, means power “which drives the enemy’s flag from it, or allows it to appear only as a fugitive: and which, by controlling the great common, closes the highways by which commerce moves to and fro from the enemy’s shores.”
When Mao reigned, say Yoshihara and Holmes, Mahan was “reviled" as “an apostle of imperialism and colonialism.”
Now, they report, at major international conferences Chinese analysts have cited Mahan’s bellicose definition of command of the sea to emphasize “the value of sea power for China.” Even with its reduced numbers, the U.S. Navy may have such command — as long as no rival power covets command. But Mahan’s writings, say Yoshihara and Holmes, encourage "zero-sum thinking."
In the Social Darwinian spirit of his day, Mahan wrote: “Growth is a property of healthful life” and implies a “right to insure by just means whatsoever contributes to national progress, and correlatively to combat injurious action taken by an outside agency, if the latter overpass its own lawful sphere.” Concerning China’s thinking about lawful spheres, see above: “blue national soil."
Extraordinarily dependent on sea lanes because of what one Chinese intellectual calls its “outward-leaning economy,” and now largely free from land threats, China has the opportunity and incentive to project power beyond the Asian continent. In Mahan, it has an excuse.
In his Navy career, Mahan seemed to heed Gilbert and Sullivan’s advice in the 1878 operetta “H.M.S. Pinafore”: “Stick close to your desks and never go to sea/ And you all may be rulers of the Queen’s Navee!”
Ships Mahan commanded tended to collide with ships and other things. Ashore, however, he was a force to be reckoned with.
It seems he still might be.
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